|Budget: $30 million||Financed by: Behaviour Films Worldwide; Signature Films|
|Domestic Gross: $36,849||Domestic Distributor: Lionsgate|
|Overseas Gross: $3,702,551|
Directed by: Jonas McCord
Produced by: Mark Damon
The Body was in development for 15 years, originally set to go at Universal with Liam Neeson, but the project was dropped after the studio became nervous about the pic’s religious themes. The financing finally came together from Behaviour Films Worldwide and Signature Films, with a $30 million budget and Antonio Banderas receiving a career high $12 million salary. MDP Worldwide handled pre-sales at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival and it was expected that domestic distribution would be picked up by Sony — which saw success with Banderas’ turn as Zorro and they handled his directing debut bomb Crazy In Alabama.
The film’s long road to the big screen ended with a token theatrical release courtesy of Lionsgate in 11 theaters, where it grossed $36,849. The Body was basically straight to video, which Sony did pick up the US home video rights and released it through their TriStar label. The recorded overseas gross was just $3.7 million, with $3.4 million from Spain posting the majority of its offshore cume.